Average Tent Weight – How much do tents weigh? (99 Examples)

In Beginners Guide, Buyers Guide, Tents by J. PenneyLeave a Comment

How much do tents weigh?

Tents vary in different weight and sizes. We can’t just give tents one set weight, but we can find the average weight per each size.

First, we have to look at the different types of tent weight; the Packed Weight vs Trail Weight. Then we will then be analyzing 99 tents.. Within these 99 there will be several examples of different sized tents, stating their individual weight along with an average weight based on each tent size, 1 person, 2 person, 3 person, etc.

In short words, a camping tent should weigh anywhere from 1.91lbs to 3.47lbs per individual person. When car camping, “per person” weight is not much a concern when compared to backpacking. Car camping tents range from 15lbs all the way up to 50lbs. Backpacking tents can range anywhere from 2.44lbs to 10lbs. When a backpacking tent begins to overpass a 4lbs per person weight it can become a weight problem. Carrying more weight as a backpacker makes the complete camping experience more difficult.  

Packed Weight and Trail Weight

When looking at how much a tent actually weighs you have to keep in mind that there are 2 types of weights measured by tent manufacturers, which are the packed weight and the trail weight.

  • Packed Weight, also known as Total Weight, refers to everything included in the tent package right when it is purchased. What is important to notice is that packed weight can vary depending on how much the tent package includes. The packed weight will be heavier than the trail weight.

It can include: the tents main body, poles, footprint, rain-fly, tent pegs, stakes, carry bag, etc

  • Trail Weight, also known as minimum weight, refers to the key essentials you need to set up the tent. Many tent campers like to strap the tent on their backpacks and head off into the wild, which is known as backpacking. They prefer the lightest load for the easiest and less painful experience. The trail weight will be lighter than the packed weight.

It will include: the tents main body, rain-fly, and poles

How the list works?

The list will be measured in trail weight when placed under a 4 person tent, anything 6 person and above will be measured in packed weight. The reason for this is that smaller groups are more likely to backpack and prefer to be as light as can be. When camping in a 6 person tent and up, the weight starts to become heavier and heavier, and eventually, they are not backpack-able tents. They are perfect for setting up at the campground, after taking them out of your vehicle.

The categories are divided up into each “per person” tent size and will be averaged out in each category. All the averages will be added to a total tent weight average at the end.

The tents chosen to be analyzed are highly purchased in the tent world.

Tent Weight List



  One Person Tents

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent3.5lbs
REI Quarter Dome 1 Tent2.44lbs
REI Co-op Passage 1 Tent3.39lbs
Kelty Gunnison 1 Tent3.88lbs
TETON Sports Mountain Ultra Tent3.3lbs
Marmot Eos 1 Tent2.08lbs
Luxe Tempo Single 1 Person Tent3.3lbs
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1-Person Tent3.63lbs
Luxe Tempo 1 Person Tent3.3lbs
MSR Hubba NX Solo 1-Person Tent2.44lbs
AVERAGE31.26 / 10 = 3.126lbs

The average weight of a 1 person tent is about 3lbs. Which is extremely light, and super easy for someone to take out on a backpacking trip alone.

 Two Person Tents

Coleman Sundome 2 Person Tent7.19lbs
REI Co-op Half Dome 2 Plus Tent4.88lbs
REI Co-op Passage 2 Tent4.81lbs
CCTRO 2 Person Camping Tent4lbs
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2-Person Tent4.69lbs
Nemo Dagger 2P Tent3.31lbs
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2-Person Tent5.25lbs
MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Tent3.44lbs
Winterial 2 Person Tent4.9lbs
Kelty 2 Person Venture Tent4.5lbs
Average46.97 / 10 = 4.697lbs

The average weight of a 2 person tent is about 4.5lbs. When going on camping trip and you want to carry a 2 person tent, it can easily be split up in two. Each person can split the gear, only having to carry 2.35lbs each! That is very light.

Three Person Tents

Coleman Sundome 3 Person Tent8.7lbs
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 3 Tent3.44lbs
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 3-Person Tent9lbs
REI Quarter Dome 3 Tent4.06lbs
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 3-Person Tent5.31lbs
Marmot Limelight 3P Tent6.03lbs
Winterial 3 Person Tent4.1lbs
MSR Elixir 3 Tent4.63lbs
Marmot Tungsten 3P Tent5.84lbs
Kelty Gunnison 3 Tent6.13lbs
Average57.24 / 10 = 5.724lbs

The average weight for a 3 person tent is about 6lbs. When splitting up the gear equally with 3 people, each individual will carry 1.91lbs. This is considered super light and great for backpacking.

 Four Person Tents

Coleman Sundome 4 Person Tent10.2lbs
Marmot Limestone 4P Tent10.6lbs
Kelty Discovery 4 Tent9.06lbs
MSR Papa Hubba NX 4-Person Tent5.94lbs
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 4 Person Tent7.94lbs
Kelty Salida 4 Tent6.63lbs
TETON Sports Mountain Ultra Tent 4 man7.8lbs
Big Agnes Frying Pan SL3 Tent5.06lbs
 The North Face Talus 4 Tent6.69lbs
 REI Co-op Base Camp 4 Tent14.4lbs
Average84.32 / 10 = 8.432lbs

The average weight for a 4 person tent is about 8.5lbs. If splitting up the gear equally with 4 people, each individual will carry 2.11lbs. We are starting to get into some heavier tents, but with a low individual carry weight it still isn’t a problem.

 Six Person Tents

 Coleman Sundome 6 Person Tent16.6lbs
 REI Co-op Base Camp 6 Tent20.8lbs
 Kelty Discovery 6 Tent15.3lbs
Timber Ridge 6 Person Family Camping Tent16.5lbs
 Caddis Rapid 6 Tent25.5lbs
 Coleman 6-Person Instant Cabin 24.91lbs
 The North Face Northstar 6 Tent 22.2lbs
 Wenzel Evergreen Tent – 6 Person 17.86lbs
 Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6 Tent20.4lbs
 Columbia Sportswear Ashland 6 Person Tent 16.5lbs
Average196.57 / 10 = 19.657lbs

The average weight for a 6 person tent is about 20lbs. In most camping cases you will be taking your 6 person tent in a car, and driving into your campsite. However, if splitting up into a group of 6, each person will carry around 3.28lbs. It would be pretty easy to carry per person, but the tent can only split up into so many pieces.

 Eight Person Tents

Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent24.5lbs
Marmot Limestone 8P Tent22.4lbs
Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent27.3lbs
Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8 Tent23.8lbs
Kelty Trail Ridge 8 Tent17.7lbs
NEMO Wagontop 8P Tent30.6lbs
REI Co-op Kingdom 8 Tent22.2lbs
EXIO 8-Person Compact Backcountry Tent15.9lbs
Timber Ridge 8 Person Tent19.36lbs
Coleman Evanston Screened 8 Person Tent26.4lbs
Average230.16 / 10 = 23.016lbs

The average weight for an 8 person tent is about 23lbs. The tents keep getting heavier when increasing “per person” size.  If you wanted an 8 person tent and had 8 people, splitting the weight would be 2.88lbs each. Which we know is fairly low, except tents only split in a certain amount if pieces.

 Nine Person Tents

CORE 9 Person Extended Dome Tent20lbs
CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent35.1lbs
Coleman Prairie Breeze 9-Person Cabin Tent35lbs
Semoo Water Resistant 9-Person Tent27lbs
Wenzel Kodiak 9 Person Tent35.85lbs
Ozark Trail 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent30.8lbs
Wenzel Great Basin Tent – 9 Person24lbs
World Famous Sports 9-Person Camping Tent22lbs
Wenzel Grandview Tent – 9 Person18lbs
Ozark Trail Weatherbuster Dome Tent23.1lbs
Average270.85 / 10 = 27.085lbs

The average weight for a 9 person tent is about 27lbs. When camping in a 9 person tent, its hard to pack it up to take on a trek in the wilderness. If somehow you could split up the gear between 9 people, each person could take 3.01lbs.

 Ten Person Tents

 CORE 10 Person Straight Wall Cabin Tent35.5lbs
 Mountain Trails Grand Pass 10 Person Tent 21.1lbs
 Ozark Trail 10-Person Family Tent 27.3lbs
 Coleman WeatherMaster 10 Person Tent 37lbs
 Wenzel Great Basin Tent 26.6lbs
 Wenzel Timber Ridge Tent – 10 Person 32.4lbs
 10 Person Instant Double Villa Cabin Tent45.6lbs
 Columbia Sportswear 10-Man Fall River Dome Tent 38lbs
 Arizona GT 10 Person Camping Tent 26.46lbs
 Tahoe Gear Olympia 10-Person 44.5lbs
Average 334.46 / 10 = 33.446lbs

The average weight for a 10 person tent is about 33lbs. Which is pretty heavy and you won’t enjoy carrying that alone. If split between 10 people, the individual carrying weight would be 3.34lbs. But we know the tent will not split up that much.

Twelve Person Tents

CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent52.5lbs
Ozark Trail 12-Person 3 Room55.23lbs
NTK Super Arizona GT up to 12 Person42lbs
Tahoe Gear Prescott 12 Person Tent31lbs
Tahoe Gear Gateway 12-Person Deluxe Tent39.5lbs
Newdora 12 People Straight Wall Cabin Tent37.3lbs
Eureka Copper Canyon 12 Person Tent38lbs
Browning Camping Big Horn Family/Hunting Tent34.7lbs
Tahoe Gear Coronado 12 Person Dome32lbs
Ozark Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent 1254lbs
Average416.23 / 10 = 41.623lbs

The average weight of a 12 person tent is about 42lbs. That is a heavy tent.. not something that can easily be tossed in a backpack. If split up into 12 people, each individuals carrying weight would be 3.47lbs.

Fourteen, Fifteen, and Sixteen Person Tents

Ozark Trail Base Camp 14-Person Cabin Tent45lbs
Tahoe Gear Glacier 14 Person41.8lbs
Tahoe Gear Manitoba 14-Person Tent38.1lbs
 Ozark Trail 14 Person Spring Lodge Cabin44.95lbs
Ozark Trail Family Sized 14-Person Tent34.2lbs
Campvalley 14-Person Instant Cabin Tent37.09lbs
Ozark Trail 15 Person 3 Room Instant Cabin Tent
Tahoe Gear Ozark 16 Person Large Family Cabin Tent47.3lbs
Tahoe Gear Ozark 16-Person Tent46.2lbs
Average  393.64 / 9 = 43.74lbs

Larger tents start to become extremely heavy. The average weight of a 14, 15, 16 person tent is about 44lbs. A tent at this size should not be used backpacking. It will be used for large groups for a possible lengthy stay.

Total Average

The total average weight of a tent is 21.056lbs. This number comes from adding each individual “per person” tent average to calculate an overall average tent weight. At 21lbs, this may seem like a heavy tent, however since we calculated up to a 16 person tent we raise the total weight average. Tents range from about 2lbs, all the way up to 60lbs.

What tent size is for you?

It all depends on the number of campers that are staying in the tent, and which type of camping you are doing. The two main types of camping are backpack camping and campground camping. Let’s find out how to choose the right tent.

Backpack Camping

When backpacking, tents are meant to be light and this is why reduce tent weight into trail weight. The reason for this is that you are actually carrying your tent through it all. Think about it, going on a hike you aren’t carrying the big boxed cooler for lunch are you? Exactly.. It is very similar for backpacking. When backpacking you are packing up a bag to be as lightweight as possible, while still having the key essentials to remain safe.

When backpacking smaller and lighter tents are the best pick. If heading off in larger groups it is better to split up into multiple tents sized from 1 person to 4 person. Having multiple tents makes it easier for packing and carrying. A tent can only be split up into so many pieces, the poles, tent body, and the rain-fly. The average individual carry weight “per person through our analysis for 1-4 person tents is 2.374lbs, try aiming for that weight. If it is heavier, make sure you are capable of carrying the extra weight or try considering something lighter.

To get your carry weight average take the tent weight and divide it by the number of campers.

Campground Camping

When packing up for the campground it is a completely different concept. Weight is not much of a concern, it is really only about the size. Firstly, you just want to make sure there is enough room for everyone. Having enough individual space inside makes a camping trip much better. The reason weight does not truly matter for a campground tent is because you are packing the tent in your vehicle. Just have enough space in the car and you’re set. You are not worrying about any long treks to your destination, so pack any tent you like and enjoy your trip.

The only time you’ll have to worry about tent weight and size for the campground is if you are traveling on a motorcycle. Tent size must be judged accordingly, make sure it is strapped on well and not too heavy for you. Be smart and safe.


Finishing up, the weight of a tent is much more important when backpacking. When the weight is actually carried by the person, this is when we have to make decisions. We have learned that tents come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and weights. Make sure that the tent is not to heavy for you or too heavy for anyone else in the group.

Also, a tent can be measured in more than one type of weight, the packed weight, and the trail weight. As we head off in the trails backpacking, we need to be light, whereas going off to the campground we can pack it all. The two types of weights just differentiate the essentials of the tent from the entire purchased package.

Finally, this analysis is to help people get an understanding of how much a tent should weigh. We analyzed popular tents to make it as realistic as possible.

If your tent isn’t on our list feel free to comment its weight below. Also if any information seems to be slightly off let us know!




Leave a Comment